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Statement outlining results, risks and significant changes in operations, personnel and program

A) Introduction

Statistics Canada's mandate

Statistics Canada is a member of the Industry portfolio.

Statistics Canada's role is to ensure that Canadians have access to a trusted source of statistics on Canada that meets their highest priority needs.

The Agency's mandate derives primarily from the Statistics Act. The Act requires that the Agency collects, compiles, analyzes and publishes statistical information on the economic, social, and general conditions of the country and its people. It also requires that Statistics Canada conduct the Census of Population and the Census of Agriculture every fifth year, and protects the confidentiality of the information with which it is entrusted.

Statistics Canada also has a mandate to co-ordinate and lead the national statistical system. The Agency is considered a leader, among statistical agencies around the world, in co-ordinating statistical activities to reduce duplication and reporting burden.

More information on Statistics Canada's mandate, roles, responsibilities and programs can be found in the 2014-2015 Main Estimates and in the Statistics Canada 2014-2015 Report on Plans and Priorities.

The quarterly financial report

Statistics Canada has the authority to collect and spend revenue from other government departments and agencies, as well as from external clients, for statistical services and products.

Basis of presentation

This quarterly report has been prepared by management using an expenditure basis of accounting. The accompanying Statement of Authorities includes the Agency's spending authorities granted by Parliament and those used by the Agency consistent with the Main Estimates for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. This quarterly report has been prepared using a special-purpose financial reporting framework designed to meet financial information needs with respect to the use of spending authorities.

The authority of Parliament is required before moneys can be spent by the Government. Approvals are given in the form of annually approved limits through appropriation acts or through legislation in the form of statutory spending authority for specific purposes.

The Agency uses the full accrual method of accounting to prepare and present its annual departmental financial statements that are part of the departmental performance reporting process. However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament remain on an expenditure basis.

B) Highlights of fiscal quarter and fiscal year-to-date results

This section highlights the significant items that contributed to the net decrease in resources available for the year, as well as actual expenditures for the quarter ended December 31.

Comparison of gross budgetary authorities and expenditures as of December 31, 2013, and December 31, 2014, in thousands of dollars

Description for chart 1

Chart 1 outlines the gross budgetary authorities, which represent the resources available for use for the year as of December 31.

Significant changes to authorities

During the third quarter of 2014-2015, Statistics Canada authorities increased by $53.3 million compared with the second quarter. Most of the increase is related to the following:

  • funding received for the 2016 Census of Population Program ($40.8 million) and the 2016 Census of Agriculture Program ($6.2 million)
  • funding received during the year to compensate for equivalent salary expenditures to meet the legal obligations of the employer ($5.7 million).

Total authorities available for 2014-2015 have decreased by $38.9 million, or 6%, from the previous year, from $614.7 million to $575.8 million (Chart 1). This net decrease was mostly the result of the following:

  • a decrease in funding for the 2011 Census of Population and the National Household Survey ($6.2 million) and the 2011 Census of Agriculture ($1.8 million), as the programs wind down
  • net reductions related to Budget 2012 saving measures ($15.6 million)
  • a decrease in funding received during the year to compensate for equivalent salary expenditures to meet the legal obligations of the employer ($23.8 million).

The decrease is offset by the following:

  • an increase in funding received for the 2016 Census of Population Program ($5.3 million)
  • an increase in funding received for collective agreements ($5 million).

In addition to the appropriations allocated to the Agency through the Main Estimates, Statistics Canada also has vote net authority within Vote 105, which entitles the Agency to spend revenues collected from other government departments, agencies, and external clients to provide statistical services. Vote-netting authority is stable at $120 million in each of the fiscal years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.

Significant changes to expenditures

Year-to-date net expenditures recorded by the end of the third quarter increased by $15.7 million, or 4%, from $350.1 million to $365.8 million. (See Table A: Variation in Departmental Expenditures by Standard Object.)

Statistics Canada spent approximately 69% of its authorities by the end of the third quarter, compared with 65% in the same quarter of 2013–2014.

Table A: Variation in Departmental Expenditures by Standard Object (unaudited)
This table displays the variance of departmental expenditures by standard object between fiscal 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. The variance is calculated for year to date expenditures as at the end of the third quarter. The row headers provide information by standard object. The column headers provide information in thousands of dollars and percentage variance for the year to date variation.
Departmental Expenditures Variation by Standard Object Q3 year-to-date variation
$'000 %
(01) Personnel (19,217) (5.3)
(02) Transportation and communications 815 10.5
(03) Information 597 182.0
(04) Professional and special services 5,237 49.8
(05) Rentals 347 4.9
(06) Repair and maintenance 677 169.3
(07) Utilities, materials and supplies (222) (13.7)
(08) Acquisition of land, buildings and works - -
(09) Acquisition of machinery and equipment (3,015) (82.5)
(10) Transfer payments - -
(12) Other subsidies and payments 13,703 105,407.7
Total gross budgetary expenditures (1,078) (0.3)
 Less revenues netted against expenditures
Revenues (16,795) (35.7)
Total net budgetary expenditures 15,717 4.5

01) Personnel: The decrease resulted from incurring expenditures for severance liquidations related to the signing of collective agreements in the first quarter of 2013-2014. These expenditures were partly offset by increased salary expenditures, resulting from annual increments and the signing of collective bargaining agreements.

04) Professional and special services: The increase resulted from increased spending on informatics services.

09) Acquisition of machinery and equipment: The decrease resulted from fewer purchases of computer equipment and vehicles in 2014–2015.

12) Other subsidies and payments: The increase resulted from a one-time transition payment for implementing salary payment in arrears by the Government of Canada.

The decrease in revenues resulted primarily from timing differences between years for the receipt of funds and for scheduled key deliverables.

C) Risks and uncertainties

In 2014-2015, Statistics Canada plans to continue monitoring budget pressures, including the cost-saving measures announced in Budget 2014, with the following actions and mitigation strategies:

  • additional analysis, monitoring and validation of financial and human resources information through a modified monthly financial package for budget holders
  • review of monthly project dashboards in place across the Agency to monitor project issues, key milestones, risks and alignment with approved budgets
  • continued realignment and reprioritization of work.

In addition, Statistics Canada uses risk management and a risk-based decision-making process to prioritize and conduct its business. To do so effectively, the Agency identifies its key risks and develops corresponding mitigation strategies in its Corporate Risk Profile.

D) Significant changes to operations, personnel and programs

No significant changes in relation to operations, personnel and programs have occurred during the last quarter.

E) Budget 2012 implementation

This section provides an overview of the savings measures announced in Budget 2012 that are being implemented in order to refocus government and programs, make it easier for Canadians and businesses to deal with their government, as well as modernize and reduce the back office.

As announced in Budget 2012's Economic Action Plan, Statistics Canada's savings target is $33.9 million by 2014–2015. This reduction has been implemented progressively: it reached $8.3 million on April 1, 2012, rose to $18.3 million on April 1, 2013, and achieved the full reduction by April 1, 2014. The savings, as of April 1, 2014, have been reflected in Statistics Canada's Main Estimates. To meet this target, Statistics Canada has focused resources where they are most needed.

The savings incurred through these program adjustments represent moderate reductions in the production of statistics to support development, administration, and evaluation of policy, while continuing to meet the public's highest priority needs. In some cases, the information will continue to be available in a different format. A full list of program adjustments is available online.

There are no financial risks or uncertainties related to these reductions.

Approval by senior officials

The original version was signed by
Wayne R. Smith, Chief Statistician
Stéphane Dufour, Chief Financial Officer
Date signed February 24, 2015

Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object (unaudited) - Fiscal year 2014-2015
This table displays the departmental expenditures by standard object for the fiscal year 2014-2015. The row headers provide information by standard object for expenditures and revenues. The column headers provide information in thousands of dollars for planned expenditures for the year ending March 31; expended during the quarter ended December 31; and year to date used at quarter-end 2014-2015.
  Fiscal year 2014-2015
Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2015 Expended during the quarter ended December 31, 2014 Year-to-date used at quarter-end
in thousands of dollars
Expenditures
(01) Personnel 446,827 118,124 346,539
(02) Transportation and communications 33,810 3,514 8,567
(03) Information 3,286 519 925
(04) Professional and special services 46,744 7,503 15,746
(05) Rentals 17,233 979 7,414
(06) Repair and maintenance 9,228 413 1,077
(07) Utilities, materials and supplies 17,368 558 1,402
(08) Acquisition of land, buildings and works - - -
(09) Acquisition of machinery and equipment 1,080 173 641
(10) Transfer payments - - -
(12) Other subsidies and payments 227 122 13,716
Total gross budgetary expenditures 575,803 131,905 396,027
Less revenues netted against expenditures
Revenues 120,000 11,553 30,214
Total revenues netted against expenditures 120,000 11,553 30,214
Total net budgetary expenditures 455,803 120,352 365,813
Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object (unaudited) - Fiscal year 2013-2014
This table displays the departmental expenditures by standard object for the fiscal year 2013-2014. The row headers provide information by standard object for expenditures and revenues. The column headers provide information in thousands of dollars for planned expenditures for the year ending March 31; expended during the quarter ended December 31; and year to date used at quarter-end 2013-2014.
  Fiscal year 2013-2014
Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014 Expended during the quarter ended December 31, 2013 Year-to-date used at quarter-end
in thousands of dollars
Expenditures
(01) Personnel 489,964 116,429 365,756
(02) Transportation and communications 20,407 2,780 7,752
(03) Information 3,566 139 328
(04) Professional and special services 44,387 5,105 10,509
(05) Rentals 12,460 819 7,067
(06) Repair and maintenance 16,231 136 400
(07) Utilities, materials and supplies 16,398 579 1,624
(08) Acquisition of land, buildings and works - - -
(09) Acquisition of machinery and equipment 11,069 780 3,656
(10) Transfer payments - - -
(12) Other subsidies and payments 242 6 13
Total gross budgetary expenditures 614,724 126,773 397,105
Less revenues netted against expenditures
Revenues 120,000 24,883 47,009
Total revenues netted against expenditures 120,000 24,883 47,009
Total net budgetary expenditures 494,724 101,890 350,096
Statement of Authorities (unaudited) - Fiscal year 2014-2015
This table displays the departmental authorities for the fiscal year 2014-2015. The row headers provide information by type of authority, Vote 105 – Net operating expenditures, Statutory authority and Total Budgetary authorities. The column headers provide information in thousands of dollars for Total available for use for the year ending March 31; used during the quarter ended December 31; and year to date used at quarter-end for 2014-2015.
  Fiscal year 2014-2015
Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2015* Used during the quarter ended December 31, 2014 Year to date used at quarter-end
in thousands of dollars
Vote 105 – Net operating expenditures 392,421 106,149 323,204
Statutory authority – Contribution to employee benefit plans 63,382 14,203 42,609
Total budgetary authorities 455,803 120,352 365,813
Statement of Authorities (unaudited) - Fiscal year 2013-2014
This table displays the departmental authorities for the fiscal year 2013-2014. The row headers provide information by type of authority, Vote 105 – Net operating expenditures, Statutory authority and Total Budgetary authorities. The column headers provide information in thousands of dollars for Total available for use for the year ending March 31; Used during the quarter ended December 31; and year to date used at quarter-end for 2013-2014.
  Fiscal year 2013-2014
Total available for use for the year ended March 31, 2014* Used during the quarter ended December 31, 2013 Year to date used at quarter-end
in thousands of dollars
Vote 105 – Net operating expenditures 432,557 86,348 303,470
Statutory authority – Contribution to employee benefit plans 62,167 15,542 46,626
Total budgetary authorities 494,724 101,890 350,096